Betty Boop with Henry, the Funniest Living American
From The Public Domain Movie Database:
Run time 6 min 47 secProducer Fleischer StudiosAudio/Visual sound, b/w
Betty operates a pet store where Henry wishes to purchase a puppy. Betty believes that everybody should have a pet and Henry agrees and works in the shop in hopes of getting a puppy. He gets into trouble with a monkey, dances with a dog, and accidently releases some birds. Betty is irate but rewards Henry with a puppy after he captures all of the birds.
July 29, 2010
This piece combines two comic styles: the pantomime of Henry, a well-known newsprint character who was depicted in the funny papers with no mouth, a sort of India ink Harpo Marx; and the well-known vaudeville-flavored vocal stylings of Betty Boop. Only the Fleischers could pull something like this off, certainly Disney couldn't have in those days.
July 25, 2010
Sound and image are a little blurry, but still worth watching.
A version with closed captions (subtitles) is available on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMoboGNTQgQ) or on dotSUB (http://dotsub.com/view/2d965191-87a7-4056-a158-c122b494eca7).